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Old 10-31-2011, 06:21 PM   #1
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Slide-out weight effect coach frame ??

We have a new Thor ACE 29.1 30' class A Motorhome. It has 1 slide-out in the middle of the coach.

Just got back from first over-nighter. Only 300+ miles round trip.
Had a great time and no real problems. Weighed ACE on way out at a commercial scale. With me ( 240# ) , DW ( 135 # ) , DD - dear dog ( 100 # ) , 3/4 tank gas, 3/4 tank fresh, MT grey & black, clothes, food etc. we came in at 15,080 lbs. total. Thought it would be higher.

One thing I noticed or rather the wife noticed was that after leveling ( we have the auto-leveling jacks ) there was a slight tilt in the middle of the coach down towards the slide-out side. I had a 32" level with me and the front and rear were level but there was a small but noticeable tilt in the center of the coach. In other words the coach frame was slightly twisted as if the weight of the slide-out once it was extended was pulling / twisting the coach down in that direction. Does any one know if this is normal for a slide-out when it is extended?


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Old 11-01-2011, 08:20 AM   #2
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Not on mine, but it's a larger coach with a much heftier frame.

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Old 11-01-2011, 08:25 AM   #3
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Do you have a wall slide? How big is it?
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Old 11-01-2011, 08:36 AM   #4
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If you check it out while it's on something solid (parking lot?) and it's still off enough to bug you I see 2 options. The first would be to recalibrate the auto level system. Maybe splitting the difference from level front/rear to half level front/rear, half level center? The second option would be to return it to the factory for an explanation. I don't think there would be much point getting the dealer involved. The factory isn't going to believe them?
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You did not say if it was new or new to you either way it should twist the frame. If it's new take it back for an explanation.
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